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The Tournament

The Tournament: Text Classics

Text Classics

John Clarke

Introduction by Michael Heyward

The streets of Paris are full of celebrities and media, and out at the stadium the crowds are already huge as players pound the practice courts in preparation for the greatest tournament of the modern era…From all corners they’ve come, the stars of the modern game. What a line-up!

The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Einstein’s seeded fourth. Chaplin, Freud and van Gogh are also in the top rankings. World number one is Tony Chekhov. In all, 128 of the world’s most creative players—everyone from Louis Armstrong to George Orwell, Gertrude Stein to Coco Chanel—are going to fight it out until the exhilarating final on centre court.

First published in 2002, John Clarke’s The Tournament is a brilliant, bizarre comic novel. This new Text Classics edition features an introduction by Michael Heyward.


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John Clarke
About the Author

John Clarke was born in New Zealand. He is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved faces on TV. A comedian, writer and actor, his appearances include the famous Fred Dagg character, ‘The Gillies Report’ and ‘The Games’. John’s books include A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report. His novel, The Tournament, was released...

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30 October 2017
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Praise for John Clarke
andThe Tournament

‘What Peter Ustinov once did for Grand Prix motor racing, The Tournament does for tennis and world culture combined.’

‘A brilliant invention from a national treasure.’

‘Game, set, match and championship: J. Clarke.’

‘Ingenious flair for encapsulating a writer, artist or thinker in a few sentences…A funny, clever book.’

‘A genius-touched tour de farce…A wondrously comic tumult of personalities, anachronisms, jokes.’

‘An affable book full of the hubbub and potential hilarity of high and other culture translated to the domain where things get serious: sport.’

Other editions ofThe Tournament
  • The Tournament
    ISBN: 9781921776786
    30 October 2017
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